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Jefferson Ave Project Launched!!

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The only thing that rivals the excitement of moving two families into their new homes is the knowledge that we are starting construction on two new homes. Score one for good planning, lots of community support and more than a little bit of luck. Stay tuned for more details and photos!

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Two houses completed!!

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We are thrilled to announce that we have completed both of our Jeannette projects and families have moved in!

Project 14 was acquired several years ago through a foreclosure. The house had not been well maintained and required a significant amount of demolition and rebuilding. We rely on a lot of volunteer labor to help keep our costs down and it was a slow process but demolition was finally completed by the spring of 2016. After several months of build out with our dedicated volunteers we handed the project over to a professional contractor for the last of the finishing work. We were thrilled to hand over the keys on January 11, ,2017.

Project 15 was donated by a local family and the home had been well maintained. Our volunteers kicked off the spring with a lot of cleaning and stripped out the old floor coverings. There was carpet everywhere! Once the house was stripped down our awesome volunteers tackled a bathroom update, and minor repairs across the house. With the help of an electrician, HVAC technician, carpet installers and our contractor we got everything up to code and looking beautiful. The keys were a day late for Christmas, but we still managed to get the partner-family in before the end of the year.

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Another ramp installed!

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Our Critical Home Repair projects help provide renovations and repairs to owner-occupied homes of low-income families. The repairs are focused in issues that are critical to the continued habitability of the home.


With support from Thrivent Financial and the labors of OMEGA Fitness and the California University of Pennsylvania Habitat for Humanity Club we were able to build a new accessibility ramp on this home in Whitney. Thanks to our supporters and dedicated volunteers this family can now safely enter and exit their home!

Thanks everyone!!




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Lifelong worker from Irwin about to finally get some rest.

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Barry Reeger | Trib Total Media


Frank K. Ross, 93, owner of Affordable Office Supplies in downtown Irwin, talks with borough parking attendant John Terpko ,78, of North Huntingdon on Dec. 19, 2014. Ross is retiring from the office supply business and donating a portion of the proceeds from an auction to Habitat for Humanity.

By Craig Smith, Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014, 10:30 p.m.

Frank K. Ross worked his way through the Great Depression and then some. From hauling ashes he collected from his neighbors’ coal furnaces to selling magazines and rhubarb door-to-door, Ross eked out a living in Wilkinsburg when few people could find work.

At 9 or 10 years old, he started selling newspapers.“I got all excited. … I was paid three-fourths of a cent for each one sold,” said Ross, 93, of Irwin, who is concluding a nearly five-decade career as owner of Affordable Office Supplies there.  His first purchase with the proceeds from his newspaper sales was a cap that cost $3. It was a special day for the young entrepreneur.  “I’ve always been a clotheshorse,” he said. “Do you know how long I had to work to make $3?”

His mother died of breast cancer when he was 8 months old, and Ross was raised by his maternal grandmother, Rachel Grant, who lived to be 93.  An Army veteran of World War II, he worked at Isaly’s before becoming a manager for Westinghouse Electric. From there, he went on to sell insurance and real estate, and build homes.

He’s owned children’s and men’s clothing stores at shopping centers throughout the region and even owned a motion picture lab.  “I’ve been working all my life,” he said. “You name it, I’ve done it.”

Ross is liquidating his large inventory at a public sale Jan. 2 and 3. A portion of the proceeds will go to Central Westmoreland Habitat for Humanity, which is assisting in the sale.

The organization sells new and used building materials from its warehouse in Jeannette and plans to restart its ReStore retail facility at a location yet to be determined, using a fundraising campaign on the funding Website, www.gofundme.com/cwhfh“The ideal location would be somewhere between North Huntingdon and Latrobe,” said board member Paul Hochendoner of Greensburg.

Irwin meter man John Terpko stops in the store at 210 4th St. every day to visit Ross and his dog, Spike.

“I was the most hated man in Irwin when I started,” said Terpko, 78, of North Huntingdon. “One cold, rainy day (Ross) opened the door and said, ‘Hey, young man, come in here and get warm.’”  Ross began calling him Dennis after an angry resident dubbed Terpko a “menace” for giving her a parking ticket.

An avowed dog lover, Spike is the first schnoodle (giant schnauzer/poodle mix) Ross has owned. He’s had six giant schnauzers over 70 years, he said.

“He’s a rescue dog,” Ross said. “He rescued me.”  His first wife “traded him in” after 10 years of marriage, and he remained single for 28 years, marrying his second wife in 1972. They are separated. He has two children, a son and a daughter.  Ross attributes his longevity to eating well-balanced meals and exercise.

“My heart used to skip a beat, but a doctor told me, ‘It’s resting, don’t worry about it.’ ”

Craig Smith is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5646 or csmith@tribweb.com.

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31st Annual Parade of Trees

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 The Greensburg Ramada Inn is celebrating its 31st Annual Parade of Trees from November 26th to January 4th, 2015. You can vote on your favorite tree or favorite nonprofit by placing a donation in the tube next to each tree. Since 1983, this community event has raised over $350,000.00 for local nonprofits.
This year, Central Westmoreland Habitat for Humanity is participating thanks to the generosity of Dean Ambrose, CEO of 3D GROUP. The 3D GROUP is a local consulting service that specializes in Safety, Training, and Engineering issues.
100% of your donations go directly to your charity of choice. It’s a great way to celebrate the holidays with family, so stop in and see all the beautiful trees and support the nonprofits who do so much for our community all year long!



Other Central Westmoreland Habitat for Humanity fundraisers include:
Restart the ReStore – www.GoFundMe.com/cwhfh
Online Shopping – www.SHOP.COM/CWHabitat
Annual Ball (February 13th, 2015) – www.cwhfh.org
Cars for Homes – www.carsforhomes.org






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NCRC Historical House Tour Festival of Trees

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Norwin Community Resource Center

Historical House Tour Festival of Trees

Saturday, December 6th, 2014

Time: 3pm-9pm





NCRC is once again privileged to be part of the Historical House Tour. Last year the tour brought in over 800+ people. This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase your business. The trees remain up during the month of December and our viewed by many Senior’s and other groups that use the Center for Holiday parties! If you are interested in having a tree on display please contact Debbie Crossman (724-989-4496) to set up a time to come in to put up your tree. We are asking anyone that is participating to donate 10 dozen cookies this year.

We again thank you for your support of our partner – Norwin Community Resource Center.

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